Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by enhancing their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university Presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills; helps campuses forge effective community partnerships; and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. Campus Compact’s membership includes public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education.
Campus Compact comprises a national office based in Boston, MA, and state affiliates in CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD-DC, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WV.
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Campus Compact envisions colleges and universities as vital agents and architects of a diverse democracy, committed to educating students for responsible citizenship in ways that both deepen their education and improve the quality of community life. They challenge all of higher education to make civic and community engagement an institutional priority.
Campus Compact was founded in 1985 by the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford Universities and the president of the Education Commission of the States. In the mid-1980s, the media portrayed college students as materialistic and self-absorbed, more interested in making money than in helping their neighbors. The founding presidents believed this public image was false. They noted many students on their campuses were involved in community service and they believed many others would follow suit with the proper encouragement and supportive structures.
Campus Compact was created to help colleges and universities create such support structures. These include offices and staff to coordinate community engagement efforts; training to help faculty members integrate community work into their teaching and research; scholarships and other student incentives; and the institutional will to make civic and community engagement a priority. Today more than 98% of Campus Compact member campuses have one or more community partnerships, and more than 90% include service or civic engagement in their mission statements. These campuses are putting their knowledge and resources to work to help build strong communities and educate the next generation of responsible citizens.
How to Apply
How you join Campus Compact depends on whether a Compact affiliate exists in your state. Campuses in states with a regional affiliate join through their state affiliate; other campuses join through the national office.
If you are interested in joining Campus Compact as a national member, please contact Betty Johnson at email@example.com.
Institutions outside of the United States are also welcome to join Campus Compact. Get information on how to join as an international member.
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Resources for Community Service/Service-Learning Staff
Community service and service-learning staff are vital to campus engagement work. Campus Compact is dedicated to helping these professionals fund, build, and manage effective programs. Our resources and initiatives offer the best, most up-to-date information on how to connect campuses and communities in ways that benefit all concerned.
Here are a few of the ways that community service and service-learning professionals can use Campus Compact’s resources to advance their work:
- Find models of successful service, service-learning, and civic engagement programs
- Use our service statistics to raise awareness of the value of your work
- Learn about events, jobs, grants, and other opportunities
- Develop students as colleagues and leaders
- Learn more about the latest policy issues affecting campus engagement
- Gain insight into the Federal Work-Study community service requirement
- Find all you need to know about the Carnegie Community Engagement classification
- Find out how our Consulting Corps can help advance practice on your campus
Follow this link to connect with your state Compact office.
Campus Compact has also put together a comprehensive list of resources for community service/service-learning professionals, which contains not only Campus Compact resources but also resources from other organizations.
Campus Compact National Events 2012-2013
Campus Compact Network Events
|Event Title||Event Date(s)|
|The 4th Annual Summer Research Institute on the Future of Community Engagement in Higher Education||07/17/13 - 07/18/13|
|Summer WEST Institute on Service-Learning||07/29/13 - 08/02/13|
|2013 Utah Community Engaged Faculty Institute||08/14/13 - 08/15/13|
|2013 Campus Compact Heartland Conference||09/19/13 - 09/20/13|
|2013 Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference: Moving Us Forward: Aligning Civic and Community Engagement with Mission and Institutional Effectiveness||10/23/13 - 10/25/13|
|CSNAP Student Conference||11/01/13 - 11/02/13|
|International Association for Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conference||11/06/13 - 11/08/13|
|Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference||02/05/14|
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